Unlabelled Chinese violin

SKU: S378

Despite the absence of a label, this violin is readily identifiable as a fairly faithful copy of the “Paganini Il Cannone” violin of 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu, from the long, slender, ‘Brescian’-style ‘f’ holes to the chunky scroll with its tightly carved volutes. The varnish, though attractively antiqued, is generic rather than an accurate copy of the original finish, with a warm, golden orange-red colour layer and wiped edges. The maple back is in one piece, with an appealing, narrow flame. The tone is even across all four strings, and clear and strong in higher positions as well as in lower registers.